“In 2019 6.1 million in the U.S. between 2 to 17 years of age have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity ‘Disorder’ (ADHD). Top sites informing on the mental condition frame symptoms with a limited perspective and negative connotation. The information is referenced by teachers, parents, and psychologists as plausibility to medicate young people. The National Institute of Mental Health states “symptoms get in the way of functioning or development”(1). The “warning signs” only inconvenience conforming to temporary or conditional social and societal expectations.
ADHD does not make one more susceptible to act in ways that endanger themselves or others. Side effects of these ‘treatments’ risk both. “Some non-stimulant medications may raise the risk of suicidal thoughts and death by suicide in teens.”(2). All non-stimulants list behavioral problems as a common symptom. Antidepressants such as Nortriptyline and Imipramine invoke “Anxiety, fatigue, upset stomach, dizziness, dry mouth, higher heart rate, risk of heart arrhythmias.”(2) The long-term use of stimulants can lead to “Heart disease, High blood pressure, Seizure, Irregular heartbeat, Abuse and addiction, and psychiatric problems”.(2)
Someone with ADHD is most recognizable when “blurting out an answer before a question has been completed, finishing other people’s sentences, or speaking without waiting for a turn in conversation”(3) Anyone who misreads social cues should be treated respectfully and with patience. Individuals that belittle this behavior are unlikely to be a positive influence.
With ADHD it is arduous to force attention onto what does not stimulate interest. Hence, people with the condition are more susceptible to “not follow through on instructions, fail to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace, or start tasks but quickly lose focus and get easily sidetracked.”(3) To become tuned to a plethora of thoughts and stimuli enables a continual flow of ideas unbonded to predeterminations of rationality and function. ADHD folks also have the ability to hyperfocus. What originates as childhood hyperactivity and impatience “Running or dashing around or climbing in situations where it is inappropriate”(3) flowers into energy for passions.
Schools and homes should be supportive environments for productive fascinations. If an individual with ADHD and a ‘normal’ person is bored with a job, the latter is likely to have more competitive results. To reach their fullest potential, many I know with an attention difference pursue what excites them. Young people do not need to develop into anything specific. A variety of suitable career paths are accessible.
“Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Basics.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2016, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-the-basics.
Bhandari, Smitha. “ADHD Medications: Compare ADHD Drug Treatments & Side Effects.” WebMD, WebMD, 25 Mar. 2019, www.webmd.com/add-adhd/adhd-medication-chart#2.
“What Is ADHD?” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 Aug. 2019, www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html.